Tractatus de Purgatorio sancti Patricii

H. of Saltry
  • Latin
  • prose
  • Religious texts
On the Purgatorium sancti Patricii and the vision of a knight called Owein
H. of SaltryH. of Saltry
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

See more
H. of Sawtry (Saltry)
  • Latin
c. 1180
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: L’espurgatoire seint PatrizL’espurgatoire seint Patriz

An Old French verse rendering of the Tractatus de Purgatorio sancti Patricii, a Latin narrative on the adventures of an Irish knight named Owein who travels to St Patrick’s Purgatory (Station Island, Lough Derg) to atone for his sins and experiences visions of purgatory. The translation was undertaken by Marie de France towards the end of the 12th century. Aside from her prologue and epilogue, the text remains relatively faithful to its source text.

Purdan PadrigPurdan Padrig

A Middle Welsh version of the Tractatus de Purgatorio sancti Patricii, a popular Latin text which offers an account of the afterlife through the vision of an Irish knight who has travelled to ‘St Patrick’s Purgatory’ (Station Island, Lough Derg).


Religious textsReligious texts


pilgrimages to St Patrick’s Purgatory
pilgrimages to St Patrick’s Purgatory
id. 66519
pilgrimages⟨religious practices and behaviours⟩, journeys
id. 51678
County Donegal
County Donegal/Dún na nGall
No short description available

See more
Loch DergLoch Derg
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

See more
Purgatóir Pátraic
Purgatóir Pátraic ... Patrick's Purgatory / Station Island
County Donegal
An Augustinian house and a site of pilgrimage on an island on Lough Derg, Co. Donegal.

See more


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Migne, Jacques-Paul [ed.], Saeculum XII. Eugenii III, Romani pontificis, epistolæ et privilegia, Patrologia Latina, 180, Paris, 1855.
Internet Archive – 1902 reprint: <link>
973–1004C [‘Henricus Salteriensis: Tractatus De Purgatorio Sancti Patricii Hibernorum Apostoli’] direct link
[ed.] Warnke, Karl, Das Buch vom Espurgatoire S. Patrice der Marie de France und seine Quelle, Bibliotheca Normannica, 9, Halle: M. Niemeyer, 1938.
An edition of the Latin text together with the French translation by Marie de France
[ed.] Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.  
comments: The title page reads in full (normalised spellng): Triadis Thaumaturgæ, seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ, et Brigidæ, trium veteris et majoris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum insulæ, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Stritior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiæ Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulæ antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens.
Digital.onb.ac.at: <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
[ed.] Messingham, Thomas, Florilegium insulae sanctorum: seu vitae et acta sanctorum Hiberniae, Paris, 1624.
Google Books: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
[tr.] Picard, Jean-Michel, Saint Patrick’s Purgatory: a twelfth-century tale of a journey to the other world, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1985.

Secondary sources (select)

MIRABILE, Online: Studio del Medioevo Latino, 2009–present. URL: <http://www.mirabileweb.it>. 
MIRABILE è un knowledge management system per lo studio e la ricerca sulla cultura medievale promosso dalla Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino e dalla Fondazione Ezio Franceschini ONLUS di Firenze.
Haren, Michael, and Yolande De Pontfarcy, The medieval pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory: Lough Derg and the European tradition, Enniskillen: Clogher Historical Society, 1988.
Pontfarcy, Yolande de, “Le Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii de H. de Saltrey: sa date et ses sources”, Peritia 3 (1984): 460–480.
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
March 2013, last updated: January 2024